Archive | November, 2011

Not Too Far

20 Nov

A couple of places I’d like to visit within the US

Love the look of a small historic town.
Charleston, South Carolina

Love the snow capped mountain view.
Denver, Colorado

Love a good ol’ waterfall
Havasu Falls, Arizona

Snow makes everything better
Historic Water Tower Park, Chicago

Can you imagine laying out by yourself at that small beach
Na’Pali Coast, Kauai

Holy yellow leaves!
Lake City, Colorado

The rolling hills of wine country
Napa, California

Going in January!
New York

I’d love to hike through these tall trees
Olympic National Park, Washington

The skies, oh my!
Rainier National Park, Washington

Rockies, Montana

Yet another waterfall that never ceases to amaze me
Watkins Glen State Park, New York

Have you been to any of these places?


Easy DIY

17 Nov

Easy do-it-yourself projects I plan on implementing very soon

magnet strip for your bobby pins. I love mine all the time

Cute cookie sheet used as a magnet board

PS I Love You threaded and framed

necklaces hung on shower curtain hooks
via pinterest

recycled window shutter used as picture frame
via pinterest

wine rack used as towel rack

table on top of laundry machine to fold clothes straight out of dryer
(via Pinterest)

Curtain rod canopy

A yearly calendar to remind yourself what you did on that day the year before

Din Tai Fung

1 Nov

When I was in China 2 years ago, I was on a journey to find the best juicy pork dumplings. I failed. They just weren’t that good over there. Surprised? So was I. You would think China would have the BEST juicy pork dumplings, also known as Xiao Long Bao. These dumplings aren’t just your average dumplings, they’re much better.  These dumplings have a bit of soup on the inside of the wrapper. There is also a specific way to eat them so you don’t lose all the juice.

Steps to eating a juicy dumpling…
1. put some of your soy sauce mixture into your spoon
2. place your dumpling on top of the sauce
3. bit off the tip of your dumpling wrapper
4. suck up the juice (be careful, it could be boiling hot)
5. eat the rest of the dumpling
6. success!

I scoured high and low for a dumpling restaurant in Los Angeles and came across Din Tai Fung on Yelp. With four stars and over 2,000 reviews, I was sold!

The boy and I trekked all the way out to Arcadia and waited 45 minutes before we got sat. It’s a tiny restaurant, so either be prepared to wait or get there right when it opens. Either way, it is worth the long wait.

Juicy pork dumplings

Pork and shrimp dumplings

Spicy pork wontons

Fried pork noodle soup

Din Tai Fung definitely lived up to the hype. The juicy pork dumplings had the perfect ratio of soup to wrapper to pork. Everything else we got was really good and I can’t wait to go back again.